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Proclaming the Word of God ever more fully as the heart of our commitment to justice and peace and the best means to raise the dignity of the human person, especially women and children.

Celebrating the feast of St. Clare of Assisi, from darkness to light!

On Saturday, August 11, we celebrated the feast of St. Clare. What better way to do this than by inviting some young women who are interested in our religious life to pray with us and to learn about the life of St. Clare! It was indeed a Festival of Lights!

We all gathered in the chapel before the San Damiano Cross, just like Clare would do with her sisters. The young women first watched a short PowerPoint about the life of St. Clare in French.

Then we shared the prayer from darkness to light as we walked with Saints Francis and Clare, embracing Christ and listening to our personal call to know what is ours to do with our lives here and now.

The celebration continued with homemade banana bread, iced tea and, of course, some chocolates. The joy of the Lord was shared as we got to know each other even more.

What you hold, may you always hold.

What you do, may you always do and never abandon.

But with swift pace, light step and unswerving feet,

so that even your steps stir up no dust,

Go forward, the spirit of our God has called you.

—St. Clare of Assisi

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Having an abundance of every good work….2 Corinthians 9:8

Sharing our gifts and talents with others is a necessity. James, our seminarian, shares the faith with Ludwiga and Mathilda as they prepare for Baptism and Communion; Sr. Marilyn gives guitar lessons; and Sr. Inga leads young women in prayer.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27

On Tuesday, August 7, Sr. Marilyn began her journey to return to Jacmel. Very happy to return to her Haitian family, she was to leave on her early 5:40 a.m. flight to Orlando, Florida. then to Port au Prince, Haiti. She arrived on time in Orlando. Eric, our JetBlue pilot friend, was even going to be the pilot for this run. With an excited heart to re-enter the mission, a phone call came from Sr. Inga, who was in Jacmel. There were demonstrations near Jacmel and Fritz, our driver, could not pass to get to the airport. He had to turn around and return to the Mission. The best thing for Sr. Marilyn to do was to wait it out, stay overnight in Orlando, and try again on Wednesday. JetBlue changed the ticket, free of charge. Eric was still flying the plane, but he gave his car keys and car to Sr. Marilyn to go to stay with his family over night. His wife, Cassandra, and family welcomed Sr. Marilyn like one of the family. Now remember, the Gospel for the day was Peter going to Jesus walking on water saying: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

In the meantime, Eric was trying to contact the pilot who flies a small plane from Port au Prince to Jacmel daily to see if he had a run on Wednesday. No word from Roger, the pilot, until Wednesday morning. He had a space because another passenger was going at 5 p.m. and the price of the ticket was split. We had always wanted to know how this would work, in case we were in need of the plane; and we got the opportunity to find out. Sr. Marilyn kept remembering the words given to Peter and accepted God’s plan for this new journey. And then the Gospel for this day was “O woman of great faith, let it be done to you as you wish.” Matthew 15:28. My wish was to return to the mission safely.

Sr. Inga was concerned for Sr. Marilyn with three bags and needing to get to this small airport. She had Fritz and Jean Philip leave very early in the morning, before the second day of demonstrations started in JACMEL. When Sr. Marilyn arrived in Port au Prince, they were waiting, ready to take her to the small airport next to the international airport, which was about a 10 minute drive away. Roger, the pilot, was waiting Sr. Marilyn in his plane.

Here is Roger’s helper cleaning the windshield.

Fritz and Jean Philip made it back home to Jacmel four hours later.

Sr. Marilyn boarded the plane and was the co-pilot 😉.

Thank God Sr. Marilyn had once flown with her brother in a helicopter that had no doors, because Roger said to keep the plane door open until getting in the air in order to get some air. 🤔🤭😲 Thankfully, he shut and locked the door. It was glorious, like touching God in all his beauty.

Now getting ready for our landing into Jacmel.

It is so good to be back home with my family in Jacmel. 😁

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Take time to pray, proclaim the mission, and visit friends and family!

From July 17-August 6, Sr. Marilyn was in New Jersey, Chicago, and Texas. First she was visiting our Sisters in Lodi, NJ. It was a graced time for prayer and presence. Then it was sharing with our Sisters in Chicago, visiting friends and having a mission appeal at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Belmar, NJ.

My dear 👁👀friends!

The last stop before Sr Marilyn’s departure and return to Haiti was a trip to Texas to visit her brother and sisters-in-law, Jim and Barbara. She was able to also see her niece and grand nieces and nephew.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

I can do all things in him who gives me strength…

Agnieszka, a professor from Warsaw, Poland, and a friend of Felician Sisters, came to Jacmel, Haiti, for three weeks to help in the mission. The first week of her stay was busy with the normal events of life in the mission: teaching kids and playing with them; taking them to see the doctor; cooking; visiting kids homes, etc. It was normal mission life. Frequent heavy rains at night did not disturb much mission life, but it provided a lot of water to our cistern. This was the end of quiet mission life for us and our guest, Agnieszka.

At the beginning of last week, we noticed that a number of the kids who come everyday to our Mother Angela Kitchen had a rash or scabs on their heads and other parts of the body. It did not look good, so we asked our Doctor Wanitha for help. On Wednesday, after her work, she arrived to see the kids and examined a few of them, discovering two contagious diseases. After that discovery, we decided that Doctor Wanitha and two of our nurses would come the next morning to see the rest of our kids. We asked them to come with their mothers. Early that afternoon, they had an hour break and came back at 3 p.m. to see the rest of the kids. Doctor Wanitha asked for their mothers to come with them and, in some cases, she sent for their siblings to be sure that all in the household would be healed. We knew we could not continue them having the kids come and spread the disease. Our Kitchen needed to be closed for some time.

Next day while still treating some kids in the clinic, we received messages to get ready for another cyclone. The weather did not look like anything was happening, but we were obedient and put away tables, chairs, pictures, etc. Right now it starts raining….

While we were still preparing for the cyclone, we received another message. Someone recorded from the radio and sent it in WhatsApp. They asked to prepare not to leave houses for few days because demonstrations would happen in the whole country. We were asked to buy food, gas for generators and all that would be needed to survive at home without leaving the place. This was supposed to start this weekend. As for now, Jacmel, at least around us, is quiet.

Additionally, bees appeared by our house, maybe looking for a place to hide before the rain…

It seems like a story from the book of Job, but I can do all this through Him who gives me strength…

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Seeking peace

Our kids have learned the game UNO. Interesting how we learn strategy, critical thinking, team work and how not to cheat the other.

Yes, we are seeking and being peace!

“God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way, may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division,” “hatred,” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!”

—Pope Francis, invocation for peace, June 8, 2014

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Pray for Haiti

The US Embassy in Haiti warned its citizens Saturday to stay inside amid continued demonstrations in the capital of Port-au-Prince and a northern city following a fuel price hike. Protesters have been demonstrating this week against a sharp rise in fuel prices ordered by the government.

Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant on Saturday announced a temporary stop to the price increases and appealed for calm. Prices for gasoline were to rise 38% while diesel prices were to go up 47% and kerosene 57%.

After the Prime Minister’s announcement, late last night, the situation calmed down. We are still told to stay inside. “Do not attempt to travel at this time. Avoid protests and any large gathering of people. Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks,” a State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs official said.

There are no reports of US citizens in Haiti being injured, the embassy said.

In Jacmel we had demonstrations, market was closed down and no electricity for two days. This is very difficult for our poor people who live literally one day at a time.

Please pray for Haiti!

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2018 in Uncategorized